A new ultra long range Airbus airliner – the A330-200 – was flown for the first time on Monday from Airbus’s Toulouse plant in France.
The 253 seat airliner is the latest member of Airbus’s A330/340 widebody family and was piloted by Airbus Industrie’s British test pilot William Wainwright on the four hour and ten minute maiden flight.
The first A330-200 is powered by two US-built General Electric CF6-80E1 engines. Next year they will be exchanged for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 turbofans in the next phase of the flight test programme.
With a maximum range of 12,000km the A330-200 is a longer ranged version of the A330-300 which serves more than 10 airlines. It is 4.7m shorter than the A330-300.
There are 49 firm orders for the A300-200 among 366 orders for various members of the A330-340 family.